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## #1 2023-11-12 14:31:23

sologuitar
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### Tricky or Lengthy Word Problems

What is the best way to solve tricky or lengthy word problems?

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## #2 2023-11-13 04:45:31

e_jane_aran
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### Re: Tricky or Lengthy Word Problems

harpazo1965 wrote:

What is the best way to solve tricky or lengthy word problems?

Take your time, and be clear on your reasoning. Otherwise, it's just a matter of practice, practice, practice.

"They are fast. Faster than you can believe. Don't turn your back. Don't look away. And most of all, don't blink." -the 10th Doctor

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## #3 2023-11-13 13:43:49

sologuitar
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### Re: Tricky or Lengthy Word Problems

e_jane_aran wrote:
harpazo1965 wrote:

What is the best way to solve tricky or lengthy word problems?

Take your time, and be clear on your reasoning. Otherwise, it's just a matter of practice, practice, practice.

1. It requires more than practice.

2. I think it also requires learning clear, to the point methods.

3. Practice without understanding leads to zero learning.

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## #4 2023-11-14 04:17:31

amnkb
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### Re: Tricky or Lengthy Word Problems

harpazo1965 wrote:

What is the best way to solve tricky or lengthy word problems?

e_jane_aran wrote:

Take your time, and be clear on your reasoning. Otherwise, it's just a matter of practice, practice, practice.

sologuitar wrote:

Practice without understanding leads to zero learning.

i think thats what she probly meant by 'be clear on your reasoning'
if you are 'clear' on the what/why then you can maybe better come up with the how

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## #5 2023-11-14 10:40:25

sologuitar
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### Re: Tricky or Lengthy Word Problems

amnkb wrote:
harpazo1965 wrote:

What is the best way to solve tricky or lengthy word problems?

e_jane_aran wrote:

Take your time, and be clear on your reasoning. Otherwise, it's just a matter of practice, practice, practice.

sologuitar wrote:

Practice without understanding leads to zero learning.

i think thats what she probly meant by 'be clear on your reasoning'
if you are 'clear' on the what/why then you can maybe better come up with the how

1. This is easier said than done under time pressure.

2. I am not a classroom student. My days as a classroom student ended in December 1993. This is why I am asking questions that I should have asked back in my school days.

3. You appear to be a math person. You know, we all make errors or ask "dumb" questions except you. I didn't know I was interacting with God. Ha!!

4. Sincerely, if you are going to respond to all my questions with a chip on your shoulder, then kindly ignore my math questions.

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## #6 2023-11-14 12:59:05

amnkb
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### Re: Tricky or Lengthy Word Problems

sologuitar wrote:

1. This is easier said than done under time pressure.

didnt know you are taking a timed test
sry

sologuitar wrote:

3. You appear to be a math person. You know, we all make errors or ask "dumb" questions except you. I didn't know I was interacting with God.

sry
i know i never said i was god
when/where did i say i never made mistakes?
(cuz i make loads of them!)

sologuitar wrote:

4. Sincerely, if you are going to respond to all my questions with a chip on your shoulder, then kindly ignore my math questions.

sry
can you give example of me being rude and hostile or whatever?
then maybe i can figure out how to chat without offending you
thnx

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## #7 2023-11-14 14:52:18

sologuitar
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### Re: Tricky or Lengthy Word Problems

amnkb wrote:
sologuitar wrote:

1. This is easier said than done under time pressure.

didnt know you are taking a timed test
sry

sologuitar wrote:

3. You appear to be a math person. You know, we all make errors or ask "dumb" questions except you. I didn't know I was interacting with God.

sry
i know i never said i was god
when/where did i say i never made mistakes?
(cuz i make loads of them!)

sologuitar wrote:

4. Sincerely, if you are going to respond to all my questions with a chip on your shoulder, then kindly ignore my math questions.

sry
can you give example of me being rude and hostile or whatever?
then maybe i can figure out how to chat without offending you
thnx

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## #8 2023-11-14 18:08:03

amnkb
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### Re: Tricky or Lengthy Word Problems

sologuitar wrote:

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## #9 2023-11-14 18:17:02

sologuitar
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### Re: Tricky or Lengthy Word Problems

amnkb wrote:
sologuitar wrote:

Let's move on and get back to mathematics.
Solving math problems keeps the human mind active.

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## #10 2023-11-14 18:56:51

phrontister
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### Re: Tricky or Lengthy Word Problems

Hi amnkb;

sologuitar wrote:

What is the best way to solve tricky or lengthy word problems?

Yes, good find!

"The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do. The bad news is that they do what you tell them to do." - Ted Nelson

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## #11 2023-11-14 20:02:05

amnkb
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### Re: Tricky or Lengthy Word Problems

phrontister wrote:

Hi amnkb;

sologuitar wrote:

What is the best way to solve tricky or lengthy word problems?

Yes, good find!

aw, thank you!
you're so sweet!
<3

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## #12 2023-11-15 00:58:12

phrontister
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### Re: Tricky or Lengthy Word Problems

amnkb wrote:

aw, thank you!
you're so sweet!
<3

That's ok...sometimes I surprise myself!!

Here's a link to a helpful MIF page with examples: Algebra/Word Questions.

Many years ago (19 August 2009, to be precise) I posted a word puzzle along the lines of those on that MIF page, but somewhat tougher: Edna's age. There's some discussion there about solving methods, including a couple of different algebraic options.

"The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do. The bad news is that they do what you tell them to do." - Ted Nelson

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## #13 2023-11-16 18:13:51

sologuitar
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### Re: Tricky or Lengthy Word Problems

phrontister wrote:
amnkb wrote:

aw, thank you!
you're so sweet!
<3

That's ok...sometimes I surprise myself!!

Here's a link to a helpful MIF page with examples: Algebra/Word Questions.

Many years ago (19 August 2009, to be precise) I posted a word puzzle along the lines of those on that MIF page, but somewhat tougher: Edna's age. There's some discussion there about solving methods, including a couple of different algebraic options.

I will check out the link provided.

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## #14 2023-11-17 16:31:36

KerimF
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### Re: Tricky or Lengthy Word Problems

Necessity is the mother of invention... or innovation.
In other words, even the most intelligent human won't solve a problem if he is not interested in doing it.

Based on my own observations, I doubt a serious person cannot find a practical solution, directly or indirectly, of a project that he needed really in his personal life, though it may take him a day, a week, a month, a year, or even many decades to find it.

Every living thing has no choice but to execute its pre-programmed instructions embedded in it (known as instincts).
But only a human may have the freedom and ability to oppose his natural robotic nature.
But, by opposing it, such a human becomes no more of this world.

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## #15 2023-11-18 03:57:40

sologuitar
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KerimF wrote: